Monday, July 18, 2011

Building the VR 10000 Gallon Water Tank Stand Pt 3

Ok managed to get more done, this is the model in undercoat.

The filler pipe is a bit of sprue from a 1:144 scale model airplane suitably shaped. The bottom bracket is two 4mm pieces of T shape joined by some 20x20 thou. The wheel is a spare for an ELX :). Ladder is a Slaters product, and is placed over the join so you can't tell :)

Here it is basically painted. They were painted "aluminium". I need to do a decal for the indicator that shows how much water is in the tank. I will then weather...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Building the VR 10000 Gallon Water Tank Stand Pt 2

Well after months of “thinking” AKA “procrastinating” in 24 hrs I’ve now built the bulk of the water tank!

I always considered the difficult part of this project to be the tank itself. I have been looking around for suitable cylindrical objects to cut down... to little effect except collect more “stuff”.

I had considered ”rolling up” some styrene...I even had a suitable product from the N Scale Architect but still the procrastination continued

After last night’s success with the stand this morning I gave it a go, and I’m very pleased with the result!
I still plan to do this as an etched kit “some day” but now Nowa Nowa has a water tank!

Prototype then model so far... still some work to do but looking the part!

Building the VR 10000 Gallon Water Tank Stand

Long time, no posts. The main reason is the new shed, most of my spare time has been used “helping” my father (who ended up doing most of the work, thanks Dad!) put up the interior walls and lining the shed. It isn’t fully complete, and won’t be for some time, but the business part is now done... and there is room to set up Nowa Nowa!

My other problem has been modellers block. Nowa Nowa is starting to near the end game... the easy bits are done, only the finishing touches to go... Except for one major item, the Water Tank/s!

Originally there were two 10,000 gallon water tanks at Nowa Nowa,  one was removed in the late 1970’s while the other remained. I’ve been trying to get plans for this type of tank (fairly common VR style) and have largely failed. There is one here at Seymour and I’ve used some measurements from that, plus estimates to build the following model.

I have been procrastinating on this for a while, I really need to etch the furnishings and I was going to etch the stand... I also need to do the tank which is about 15ft across... to many things so I focussed and started eating the elephant last night by building the tank stand from styrene strip!

First I draw the plan in Corel Draw, then I superglued the strip to the plan which looks like this:

I let that dry for a couple of hours then removed the backing paper and assembled the four parts so now it looks like this:

I’m pretty happy with it, a couple of areas need to have some superglued removed.

And now another things I’ve been procrastinating on, updating the blog, is done!